We are excited to introduce our new, improved library catalog!
We’ll be switching to the new catalog later this summer, but you can get a sneak peek now. We’d love your feedback!
The new catalog offers lots of exciting new features:
- Smart Search makes it easier to find what you’re looking for with simpler language (e.g. “new books” or “new dvds”)
- Browse and discover lists of new titles, best-sellers, staff picks and more
- One-click holds sent to your preferred pick-up location
- For Later shelf to keep track of titles you want to read in the future
- Read or share reviews, ratings and lists with other library patrons
This new catalog, called BiblioCommons Core, will be replacing Encore as our primary public web catalog. We will still have the Classic Catalog available for index-based searchng.
There’s nothing wrong with going on a beach-read bender over the summer. In fact, if you’re playing along with our Adult Summer Reading Bookshelf Bingo, you’ll earn a completed square when you finish that “Guilty Pleasure” book.
What, you only read Pulitzer-Prize winners? That’s okay, too. There’s no rule that says a guilty pleasure has to be poorly written! It can be a book you’re reading when you’re really supposed to be doing something else… like cooking dinner, or doing the laundry.
In any case, I’m sure you won’t have trouble finding a fun book for yourself, but just in case, here are some book lists we’ve made that can help.
Speaking of dinner, if you love food (and who doesn’t), try some of these culinary reads. Our list ranges from light-hearted fiction featuring a chef kidnapped by a pirate, or a caterer with a magic touch, to non-fiction by adventurous food critics and a baker in Paris.
Or try this list combining romance and comedy, that we’ve called My Funny Valentine.
Or if fiction isn’t your thing, we can hook you up with some humorous non-fiction!
Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone you didn’t do your laundry— so go ahead and grab a book! If you want more suggestions, just drop by the library or contact us.
Thank you San Rafael! On June 7th San Rafael voters approved Measure D with 68.5% approval. We at the Library want to thank you, our neighbors, for showing this confidence in the Library’s ability to spend money wisely for maximum community impact.
Measure D provides a critical, consistent, locally-controlled funding source, augmenting current general fund allocations for the San Rafael Public Library to maintain library hours, equipment, materials, and services for children, teens, and adults. Measure D was an extension and slight renewal of Measure C, which passed in 2010. Thank you for continuing to prioritize library services for our community!
The existing parcel tax that passed in 2010 still has a year left (it expires June 30, 2017). On July 1, 2017 the new parcel tax will go into effect and will last for another nine years. As we approach budget preparation season for the 2017/2018 budget (around December 2016) Library staff will be reaching out to our neighbors to ask for your input on how we spend these funds.
Congratulations to the residents of San Rafael for supporting critical library services that make our community stronger!
It’s summer time: which means it’s time to read books and win prizes with the library’s Adult Summer Reading Program- Bookshelf Bingo! We’ve got lots of fun rewards and raffle prizes for when you complete bingo square challenges such as Try a project from a home/garden/cookbook, or read a Book set in the past or the future. A new square this year, recommended by a previous Bingo participant, is Patron Pick. She even provided her own list of patron picks!
You can see a few of her picks, as well as some titles that were recommended by last year’s Bookshelf Bingo players, on our Patron Picks list! Another good source for well-loved books is this list: Reader’s Choice 2015, the result of the reference librarians asking people who came to the help desk in January for the favorite book they read last year.
Both of these lists show the wide variety of really good books out there waiting for you. Come by the library and pick one up. And while you’re here, don’t forget to sign up for our Adult Summer Reading Program. It lasts from June 1 – September 6, 2016. (For the little ones, the Youth Summer Reading starts June 10.) Happy Reading Everyone!